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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Fused foreskin?

05/26/2000

Question:

my son is 2yrs 7months - his foreskin appears to be `fused` on one side at the tip of his penis - the other side is almost able to be pulled back - should i be concerned at his age or should i just keep working on it and give it more time

Answer:

I assume he is uncircumcised. Persistent adhesions are not uncommon at this age and they should separate naturally over the course of time. Adhesions may persist for years, and as long as the child has not gone through puberty and the adhesions are not causing pain or infections, they can be left alone. The answer would be the same if he is circumcised. The only difference is that if the fused area looks like thick scar, this will not go away and needs to be divided with scissors.

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Response by:

Rama   Jayanthi, MD Rama Jayanthi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University